Control Engineering hot topics, February 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2022 included stories on Engineers' Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), neural networks, pulse-width modulation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 1, 2022
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for February 2022, for stories posted in the last three months, included Engineers’ Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), neural networks, pulse-width modulation and more. Links to each article below.

1. Spotlight on Innovation: 2022 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 19 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

2. VFDs from the inside out

Variable frequency drive (VFD) vocabulary words: These 50 terms can help properly apply VFDs.

3. Introduction to artificial neural networks in control applications

Practical applications of artificial neural networks (ANNs) for control systems, especially for non-linear systems, include simulating time-optimal controllers and for ANN-based controlled system (plant) models. Such models, combined with classical proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers, can enable adaptive and other, more sophisticated, control systems.

4. Understanding the effect of PWM when controlling a brushless dc motor

Motion system designers can be challenged when selecting or developing electronics using pulse-width modulation (PWM) to drive brushless dc motors. Heed some basic physical phenomena to avoid unexpected performance issues, along with general guidelines for using a PWM driver with a brushless DC motor. See diagrams, equations.

5. IT/OT convergence combines industrial and laboratory automation

Teamwork enabled the creation of a large testing lab in just nine months.

6. Product advice on how software evolves the industrial edge

Edge software with open connectivity and flexible scalability is crucial for quickly creating data and analytics solutions capable of bridging factory floor machines with the enterprise to deliver valuable information and results, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

7. Will the real edge controller please stand up?

Understand and evaluate industrial edge controllers’ makeup to meet rugged, deterministic control demands.

8. Product advice: How remote process monitoring, alerts save time, money

An industrial wireless input/output (I/O) device connected to process sensors, customizable thresholds and remote monitoring accomplish more with less, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

9. Product advice on easy, affordable modern control, IIoT implementation

Next-generation programmable logic controller (PLC) platforms inexpensively and securely deliver reliable and familiar functionality for basic automated control, combined with advanced features like Wi-Fi and data logging, and increased security measures for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

10. How a unified operational system helps cybersecurity

Cybersecurity can improve with a unified operational system that integrates multiple pieces of equipment, updates codes and standards, combined with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and software packages, providing a unified dashboard for the operator, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

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Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, cvavra@cfemedia.com.


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is the web content manager for CFE Media.